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CES continues to be a destination for all usual Technological categories such as computers, phones, portable devices and televisions, but in recent years this has also turned into a veritable exhibition of automotive advancements. One of the big speeches this year will come from GM, where it will unveil the new Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup truck and possibly a lot more.
GM’s âExhibit Zeroâ announcements will come from CEO Mary Barra, during her keynote address on January 5 at noon ET (9 am PT). GM will broadcast the speech live on its Exhibit Zero website. And according to Chevrolet’s website, pre-orders for the Silverado EV will open shortly thereafter – and given the hype, I would expect there to be a long queue of people ready to book.
What to expect from the Silverado EV
The Silverado EV, like the new Ford F-150 Lightning, should look more or less like the latest Silverado models, but with a whole new platform under the skin. The truck is expected to share a large part of its platform with the new Hummer EV, which is an âUltiumâ battery pack with one, two or three engines combining up to 1,000 horsepower or 400 miles. autonomy, depending on several variables. Beyond those basics, the Silverado EV is expected to incorporate some of the new interior design cues that debuted in the new Hummer EV. In addition, Chevrolet has already announced a very cool panoramic glass roof.
What we don’t have yet any the idea is for details such as towing and payload capacities, or trim levels and pricing options. Considering the Hummer EV is a $ 100,000 (or more) truck, Something needs to be cut in the translation to a Silverado EV to keep it more affordable. All of that will come with this announcement and subsequent information deployments. The Silverado EV is expected to be available as a 2023 model year vehicle, which will certainly temper some folks’ excitement.
The future of GM’s electric vehicles
The fact that GM is focusing on electric vehicles is nothing new to the company. The automaker took a strong look at electric vehicles and its latest technological advancements at CES 2021, and over the past two years has expanded its use of plug-in hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, and advanced assistive technology. the driving. Its premium Cadillac brand has been at the forefront of these advancements with Super Cruise, and the affordable Bolt EV and Bolt EUV aim to bring electric vehicles to the mass market at affordable prices. But nothing will propel GM into the world of electric vehicles like a Silverado EV truck.
GM sells over half a million Silverado trucks a year in the United States alone, and that’s before adding the various full-size truck and SUV models sold under the Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac brands using a flatbed. -similar shape. GM has already announced an upcoming GMC Sierra EV pickup. (And oh yes, this Hummer EV, too.) GM is closely following in the footsteps of Ford, which is expected to deliver the first fully-electric F-150 Lightning EV pickups to customers this year.
The combination of all-electric Silverados and F-150s alone could dramatically accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in the United States, as the auto market in large parts of the country is dominated by trucks. Add to that the considerable hype behind Rivian’s R1T, which will also be arriving for some lucky customers this year, and we’re starting to see some serious competition on electric trucks.
Join us on Wednesday, January 5 at noon ET to see what GM has in store. And while you wait, check out all that’s happening at CES 2022.